Bojack Horseman (Season 6 Part 1) (2019)

At this point, I’d argue that the relentless darkness and cynicism at the heart of “Bojack Horseman” is slowly becoming its undoing. What was once inventive and electrifyingly candid has now become repetitive and punishing: It’s not that the characters aren’t growing, it’s that the two-steps-forward-three-steps-back structure that haunts almost every recurring character is tiresome because it’s so predictable at this point. The voice work is also strangely muted this time around, like the performers recorded this season haphazardly in between other, more challenging roles. There are still a number of laugh-out-loud moments here and there, but most of them are of the blink-or-you’ll-miss-it variety, while the primary storylines are dispassionately bereft of real hope (in particular Alison Brie’s Diane, whose usefulness as a character eroded long ago and is now stuck on an endless loop of self-sabotage). The show is bordering on the subpar and although it’s rescued from doldrums thanks mostly to longtime goodwill, it may be time to start considering the glue factory soon.

March 2020 update: Netflix released a Part 2 of Season 6 months after this release.

Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)

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